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Happy Baby

"As an author, it’s extra fun because I get to try out names on characters! The original names on this list are older names slowly falling off the Top 100 list’s favor. That, or they are becoming very popular and some parents are trying to find a more unique version. I’m not saying that the original names are bad…It’s just fun to put a modern and unusual spin on them!"

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"Choosing character names is one of my favorite parts of writing! I think it's so cool how each name has a different meaning and connotation. Here is a list of ten names I love. I've included the meaning of the name and what genre I think it best fits. On a few of them, I've listed a few traits I thought of when I heard it. Hopefully, this post will help you find the perfect name to match your character's disposition or give you a much-needed boost of creativity!"

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"Today I thought I would walk you through what my writing environment looks like and a few things that help me get typing. Everyone functions differently, and while you might swear by color-coded erasers, another might get their best ideas with their feet in their sock drawer."

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"Ladies and gentleman, your January spotlighted author . . . Michelle Falkoff! Michelle, the author of Pushing Perfect, Questions I Want to Ask You, and more..."

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Every aspiring or published author has experienced a few despicable writing problems! Today, David B. Ward helps us tackle our biggest writing monsters.

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Ever wondered what it's like to be an influencer, model, dancer, and author all before the age of 21? In this Author Spotlight, social media phenomenon Carrie Berk dishes on scheduling, planning out your story, and lots and lots of cupcakes!

Green Typewriter

"Being a writer is hard! Sometimes you get stuck in ruts, your characters won't behave, and you can't seem to come up with a good plot. Today, I've compiled 10 Commandments that will help you have fun and inspire your fingers to get typing."

Alan Gratz

"I am so pleased to announce that the first Author Spotlight on the new site is . . . the amazing Alan Gratz! *cue the fanfare*"

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"Our June spotlighted author is the mastermind behind the Lemoncello series, co-author of I Funny, and more, as well as someone who has worked with Robin Williamson and has a cat named Phoebe Squeak. Who is this fabulously creative person whose apartment was featured in the New York Times, you ask?"

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"Reading books about writing is so important! By reading writing books, authors can refine their craft. There are a few books that I absolutely love! I'm rating them based on their creativity, how fun they are to read, their inspiration factor, and a few other things. I believe that a writing book should be accessible to all ages, something chock full of material, and a book that galvanizes your creative juices."

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"Our February 2019 Author Spotlight writer is the five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary award and award-winning teacher Sharon M. Draper!"